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Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia up risk of hot flashes in menopause

Gestational diabetes and preeclampsia were associated with a 20% increased likelihood of developing hot flashes among women during the menopause transition, while a 19% reduction in odds was seen among nulliparous women, compared with women without any of the conditions, according to a study presented at the North American Menopause Society annual meeting. Researchers used a cohort of 2,249 women from the SWAN study, mean age of 61, and found those who had gestational diabetes and preeclampsia had higher body mass index, lower HDL cholesterol levels, and use of antidiabetes and antihypertensive medications.

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